By Wyatt Earp | April 2, 2009
And they are fiddling while my city burns.
When a politician says, “I’m entitled,” he’s trying - unsuccessfully - to defend the indefensible.
Philadelphia City Council President Anna C. Verna used the E-word last week to justify her cash grab from the city’s controversial Deferred Retirement Option Program.
The economy’s in the tank and Mayor Nutter is so desperate to balance the budget he’s resorted to the nuclear option: tax hikes. But City Council is as fat and happy as ever.
Council already wrangled an 11 percent budget boost used to reward staffers, my colleague Jeff Shields reports. And a half-dozen Council members will soon pocket $2.1 million in retirement incentives, even if none of them retires.
This, my friends, is the result of 60+ years of uninterrupted Democrat rule.
Verna doesn’t get the fuss.
Why should she be denied the $571,679 perk that so nicely complements her city-issued Crown Vic, nine-month work year, $140,864 salary, and hefty pension for life?
“I think,” Verna said of the DROP in her bucket, “I’m entitled to it.”
Actually Anna, you’re entitled to be put out to pasture, you deceitful cow!
This is why Philadelphia City Council is such a joke. Entrenchment leads to entitlement. No good comes from either.
If City Council had a reputation for innovative initiatives and real reform, I might overlook the greed. But, mostly, members just oppose funding cuts, star in their own scandals, and preserve patronage.
“What this city needs,” agrees political consultant Neil Oxman, “is a new revolution: 17 real people running on an independent ticket to ‘Kick the bums out.’ ” (H/T - Philly.com)
Truer words were never spoken. Unfortunately, the average Philadelphia voter is an uninformed dolt who either votes straight along Party lines, or (in the case of council) always votes for the incumbent.
It’s a huge sh*t sandwich, and we’re all gonna have to take a bite.